Tinker Horse (parts of Continental Europe),is a horse breed originally developed byRomanichal peoples native to the British Isles. As recently as 1996, the Gypsy horse had no stud book or breed registry.
However, it is now considered a breed with multiple worldwide breed associations dedicated to it. It is a small draught breed, popularly recognized for its abundant leg feathering and common black and white, or “piebald”, coat colour, though it can be of any other colour as well.
Breeders in the U.K. compliment a good example of the breed, which has powerful muscling, correct leg conformation of a pulling horse, and flashy action, with the term “proper cob”. Around 1850, the Romanichal of Great Britain began to use a distinct type of horse to pull the vardoes, chimneyed living waggons, in which they had just begun to live and travel.
The distinct colour and look of the modern breed were refined by the Romanichal in the period following World War II. American breeders began to import Gypsy horses and created its first registry in 1996.